Dillington Discoveries – Winter/Spring Week

Art - Practical

Art History


Crime and Social History

Dillington Discoveries

Stained Glass


Day course

Residential course

Three Day Course

Two Day Course

Mike Hope, Dr Jan Cox, Diane Janes, Jo Sadler, David Chandler, Kate Doig

20 February 2022 to 25 February 2022

From £274 Non-residential fee, £780 Single bedroom or shared occupancy, £890 Double bedroom single occupancy

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Dillington Discoveries brings in a new Winter/Spring week of activities, expanding on the success of 2021 with some exciting new courses and content for the start of 2022.

Winter/Spring Discoveries can be enjoyed on a residential or non-residential basis.  In addition to the rich and varied day courses on offer there is an after-dinner event each evening.  Residents attend from dinner on Sunday, with courses running from Monday and finishing at lunch on Friday. Click on the subject titles below for more details on each course.

Resident fees include course of your choice, five nights en-suite accommodation, full board, refreshments and evening activities.

A supplement applies to some courses – see individual course descriptions for details.

Non-resident fees and day attendees may book a place of the courses – see individual course descriptions for the relevant fee.  Accommodation is only available for residents booking the complete week.   Non-residents are welcome to book dinner and the evening presentations, talks or activities at £31 per person per evening.

Exploring Stained Glass – Its History, Production and Current Developments with Mike Hope

Five Great European Artists with Dr Jan Cox

More Deadly Than the Male? Crime and Social History with Diane Janes

A Pair of Willow Leaping Hares with Jo Sadler

Pencil to Paint Art Courses with David ChandlerPencil: Monday & Tuesday. Paint: Wednesday to Friday morning.

Stained Glass Two Day Workshop with Kate Doig


Tutor information

Mike Hope author, lecturer, curator and designer spent over twenty-five years lecturing and holding senior management posts in four Universities (Staffordshire, Portsmouth, Nottingham Trent and Plymouth) and has spent nearly thirty years delivering Summer School Programmes. He has lectured around the world and was a founder board member of The European Academy of Design. Alongside an extensive publication list, he has researched, designed and curated many exhibitions. He is a lecturer for Travel Editions Art & History Abroad programme. He is also currently a member of the Exeter Diocesan Advisory Board and advisor on stained glass to the Diocese of Exeter.

Dr Jan. D. Cox was awarded a BA at Oxford Brookes University, where his work on Christopher Wood won the Jeanne Sheehy Memorial Prize, and an MA at the University of Bristol.  He was formerly chief researcher for a project that placed online Wyndham Lewis’s art criticism in The Listener, and has since been awarded a PhD scholarship by the University of Leeds.  He has lectured extensively on European and British art at the University of Bristol and the Royal West of England Academy.  He has also addressed conferences at Universities in Oxford and Montreal, and at the Danish National Gallery, Tate Britain, Tate St. Ives and the Courtauld Institute. He is on the tutor panel for both Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

Diane Janes is an award winning author, who has written five highly regarded crime novels and four respected factual books on real life historical murders. She is regularly invited to lecture on crime and social history to a wide variety of audiences, in locations as diverse as cruise ships and village halls, and her first work of non-fiction, Edwardian Murder: Ightham & the Morpeth Train Robbery is now referenced in academic text books on the history of policing.

Jo Sadler has been weaving with willow for over four years now and makes a wide variety of sculptures from Chickens to Deer, Arches for Weddings, bespoke commissions and runs courses to make sculpture. She is a supplier to the National Trust and made Barrington Court a gaggle of geese for their Easter trail as well as creating winter displays for last two years in the grounds. She has several deer displayed at Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens which appeared at Dillington House last Christmas pulling the sleigh!  She is currently about to open a unit at Broadwindsor Craft Centre where she will also run future courses and sell sculptures.  Her passion for weaving is never ending and she really appreciated going on a course which just opened the door to a complete new creative world. She is learning to weld so she can expand into metal sculpture and hopes to use more materials too.

David Chandler’s weekly art classes have been running for fifteen years and are attended by more than eighty students. He has lectured and demonstrated to art societies and groups throughout the UK and has been leading painting courses in France, Italy and Switzerland since 1999. He has painted on Channel 4, TSW and HTV and is the author and presenter of two DVD tutorials for water-colourists. In 2011, he co-founded Frome Community Education, a Community Interest Company that delivers over forty different leisure courses and workshops to adult learners in the Frome area, attracting nearly seven hundred enrolments during its first year. In 2012, he was a finalist in the Holburne Portrait Prize for artists in the Southwest. David is also the writer and presenter of SEEING THINGS, a monthly community radio programme about the visual arts for Frome FM. He co-wrote the Sony album PROMISED LAND in 1992 and previously wrote documentary for Channel 4 and biographical drama and comedy for BBC Radio. VIOLET PECK, his first venture into juvenile fiction, is available from the Kindle Store.

Kate Doig is a qualified tutor and professional glass artist. She studied architectural glass at Bristol School of Art and has taught stained glass classes for 10yrs; her work can be seen at www.firewolfglass.co.uk and a display of her art and greetings cards will be available to view at the venue.

Covid information

Dillington House wishes to reassure everyone that we are working closely with Somerset County Council to ensure every measure is being taken to make Dillington House a safe place for everyone.

All course participants will be sent further guidance prior to the course date.

Dillington House is following Government guidelines and adhering to new guidance including local or national lockdowns.

All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.